November 5, 2023
In between the time that Mbitu had gone missing and her body was discovered, her coworkers, family and friends frantically posted information about her online, hoping that she would be found alive.
Margaret Mbitu, a 31-year-old woman from Whitman, Mass., who was reported missing on Oct. 30 and was discovered Nov. 1 dead in an SUV that was parked at the Boston Logan International Airport, is suspected to have been murdered by her 40-year-old boyfriend, Kevin Kangethe. According to NBC Boston, Kangethe boarded a plane bound for Kenya immediately after he had killed Mbitu.
According to a warrant, which was released to the public on Nov. 3, the Massachusetts State Police got to the airport around 6:30 p.m. Nov. 1 and discovered Mbitu was dead inside of the white 2013 Toyota Venza she owned. As investigators inspected the scene, they discovered a lot of blood and “obvious signs of death,” and the Boston EMS team, which had been called to the scene, pronounced Mbitu dead at 7:23 p.m.
Kangethe was captured on airport surveillance video leaving the airport parking garage a few minutes after his SUV had entered it, and then he was seen in the airport terminal checking into and departing on a flight. According to NBC Boston, investigators are currently working on getting in contact with authorities in Kenya to locate Kangethe there.
In between the time that Mbitu had gone missing and her body was discovered, her coworkers, family, and friends frantically posted information about her online, hoping that she would be found alive. However, once she had been discovered dead in her vehicle, they were forced to grapple with what had happened.
“She was a bright shining star, she had her future, her whole future, ahead of her,” Virginia Ndungu, Mbitu’s cousin, told NBC Boston. “She had ambition, she had drive. She was a beautiful soul and I think her loss is not just a loss to us but to her friends and to her coworkers and her patients, and to the entire community.”
Ulea Lago, a representative of BAMSI, the nonprofit where Mbitu worked briefly discussed how her death impacted the company, saying to NBC Boston, “It’s a huge loss. She was an amazing young woman. People described her as having a ray of sunshine.”
Meanwhile, her mother, Rose, is struggling to come to grips with why someone would want to kill her child, ultimately calling on Kangethe to surrender himself to a higher power.
“I don’t get it. I don’t get how somebody would take somebody’s life away for no reason, even now I have so many questions,” Rose Mbitu said. “The only thing I would now say to Kevin wherever he is, just surrender his life to God because it is only God who can change whatever mentality is in his mind of whatever he did.”
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